Joy Returning with a Smile

In 2004 I served on my first Via de Cristo coed team. I had been a pilgrim in 2001, then served on women’s teams after that (my first being led by Joan Culler!), but this was my first coed team. Due to some unexpected problems, the team had been formed late. I had not met the rector (head of the team) before, but he was looking for a female who would serve on the music team and I was willing to give it a try.

The rector, a man named Andy Foor, instantly became a dear friend (Andy is like that). I remember so clearly that whenever we were leading the singing, Andy would step into the aisle between the tables and walk toward the music team, and he would smile – and when Andy smiles, so does everyone around him. I started smiling as I sang – with a joy that goes beyond ordinary smiling – and I continued smiling when singing praise music for a long time afterward.

The reason this is significant is that I was one of the music team at today’s Ultreya (a reunion gathering of the Via de Cristo community – ours are held every other month). And the reason that is significant is that it’s the first time I’ve led music since my surgery last summer (almost the first time I’ve held a guitar). Leading music takes a lot of energy, and I have to steward my energy carefully as I continue to recover.

Still, I thought I’d try it for this short period of time (actually, I thought I wouldn’t risk it, but God said, “Why not try?”). We sang only a few songs, but the room was full of unity and joy. As I heard the words, as I looked at the faces of old friends and new, I started to smile again and felt that joy in my heart – the joy of the presence of the Lord.

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. (Psalm 68 4)

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About Martha A. Moore (M.A. Moore)

I used to define myself as a writer who worked in other fields for a living, but I've come to realize that I'm a teacher who likes to write occasionally in my spare time - which is not the calling of a full-time writer. Up until this year, I served as a classroom teacher for more than 30 years; this year I became a school administrator at a nondenominational Christian school in southeast Washington, DC. I'm an active member of Lutheran Church of the Cross-Missouri Synod in Rockville, MD, where I worship with my daughter and my three-year-old and seven-month-old granddaughters. I am also an active member of Vineyard Via de Cristo, and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. I sometimes write songs for VdC and for friends in Scouting. I've also written plays in the past for my church youth group and for some school students to perform. I am in the midst of rehab after open heart surgery in July 2017. I believe in God who is my Father and my Creator, God who is my Brother and my Savior, and God who is my Comforter and my Advocate - and God has made it abundantly clear that He believes in me and is always with me, whatever I may be going through. Soli Deo Gloria!